The first lightfield eyepiece for 3D microscopy
Great news for all microscopists! Our close-to-market prototype is almost ready! It’s been an exciting journey since BeAble Capital discovered the work that full professors Manuel Martínez-Corral and Genaro Saavedra together with our CTO Ángel Tolosa and other members of the 3DDisplayLab where developing.
Like many other breakthroughs, the idea behind it was simple but genius. Instruments with an ocular port are intended to be used by humans. But what if instead of a human eye, the observer is a machine?
A digital insect compound eye
See the microscopic world through the eyes of an insect
Similar to an insect compound eye, our plenoptic or lightfield technology uses microlenses to get different perspectives from the scene. As you might already know, 3D vision in our case is based on stereoscopic vision. We get a couple of images with slight parallax and our brain reconstructs the 3D scene.
Our eyepiece obtains multiple perspectives and the computer (the device’s brain) based on software algorithms, reconstructs the 3D microscopic information of the scene. This allows your conventional microscope to get 3D information from one ocular and 2D information from the other.
Convert your microscope into a 3D digital imaging microscope
As you can see in the picture below, the DOIT 3D Micro lightfield eyepiece is a cost-effective, easy-to-use, plug&play, and portable device that can be used in all microscopes provided with a standard ocular port.
After the eyepiece is attached, the software process the optical information for 3D real-time image visualization and manipulation. Thanks to its different modules, the 3D image is presented in different ways that enhance diverse characteristics of the scene and its depth, such as views from several observation points, visualization of occlusions, selection of the focus plane along with the depth of field, an image with all planes focused at once, a depth map or topography of the surface of the inspected object, among others.
The system is very useful in many applications and is aimed at microscopy users who need high-quality 3D information from 1 micron (based on the native resolution of the microscope where it is coupled): researchers, technology centers, universities, R&D and inspection/QC departments, forensic work, …
Become a pioneer using the 3D lightfield microscope eyepiece!
Incredible, isn’t it? We know many microscopy users are tired of complex techniques and they just want to focus on their job instead of becoming physics experts. 3D microscopy solutions nowadays require many hours of training, bulky settings, and painful sample preparation, which increases the process times and the risk of undesired outcomes. And on top of that, big amounts of money investment!
We want to help scientists and technicians get rid of all of the above! We are now opening a pre-order period for a limited number of collaborators to do final testing on real application environments. If you have the right pioneer mindset, want to be the first of many, like to collaborate for the progress and easy access to science and, want to save some good money in the meantime… Join us!